Bio's

Maryland Black Mayors

Shawn Maldon

James D. Crudup

Shawn Maldon is the founder of The Maldon Brand, an organization he started which helps businesses and professionals with development. Wanting to not only talk about and consult on how to grow a successful business, Shawn Maldon is also the founder and CEO of a few businesses himself; the most notable being a language interpreting business called Maldon Language Interpreters, LLC.  As a nationally certified interpreter, Shawn Maldon has developed a thoughtful and conscientious company.  He is proud of the work that Maldon Language Interpreters, LLC does. Literally providing a voice for the voiceless and helping to bridge worlds together by effective communication, Maldon has several federal government contracts and the company has a national presence.

 

Maldon, was elected as Mayor of the Town of Capitol Heights in May of 2018. In his role as Mayor he represents the Town on all official business and, as he likes to say, he is the chief problem solver for issues residents face. At age 32, Mayor Maldon made history as the youngest person elected Mayor of Capitol Heights. 

 

Mayor Maldon graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC with a degree in Political Science and a degree in Spanish. He attended Law School at Southern University Law Center, after completing the first-year decided to change directions and obtain a Master’s of Education from Northeastern University, Boston, MA in 2011.

 

As a licensed foster parent, a mentor, and educator, Mayor Maldon has dedicated his life to service and to his community. He proudly considers himself a servant-leader.

Since he and his family purchased property in the historic Town of Eagle Harbor some forty years ago, Mayor James D. Crudup has been an involved citizen. He first served as the president of the Citizens Association several decades ago. Then, after retirement from the National Security Agency in 2003, he soon served two terms as a Commissioner in the Town before he assumed the leadership positon of Mayor in 2011. Now, in his fifth and last term as Mayor, he is extremely proud of all the things he, and the board of commissioners, has accomplished. At the top of that list of accomplishments, he is most proud of the Town’s designation as a Sustainable Community (SC) by the state of Maryland, under his leadership, in 2018. Mayor Crudup is a visionary leader and the first Mayor of the Town to develop a strategic plan. Mayor Crudup is passionate about sustaining the Town’s historic heritage while navigating the difficult challenge of moving from a seasonal, sleepy, black, resort beach Town to a vibrant year-round sustainable community.

Sadara Barrow

Sadara Barrow is the Mayor of the Town of Colmar Manor, which is part of the Port Towns collaborative in Prince Georges County Maryland.  Originally, from Washington DC and Brentwood Maryland, she raised her five children in Colmar Manor and has lived there for 37 years. Prior to becoming the Mayor, she served on the Colmar Manor Town Council for 12 years.  She worked for Computer Science Corporation for 18 years in several positions; most notably as General Accounting Manager and Senior Project Manager. Her most recently employment was with the Port Towns Community Development Corporation as Executive Director for six years.  She is currently a tax preparer and an entrepreneur doing small business and nonprofit consulting. Ms. Barrow attended Prince Georges Community College and the George Washington University with a major in Accounting.

 

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Eugene W. Grant

The Honorable Eugene W. Grant serves as the longest tenured Mayor in the 89-year history of Seat Pleasant: A Smart City of Excellence, winning over 90% of the vote for his 4th term. Mayor Grant has successfully spearheaded the $30 million digital transformation of the city making Seat Pleasant the World’s First Authentic Small Smart City. Mayor Grant is a sought after speaker traveling around the country and the world speaking on various topics centered around Smart Cities. He also serves on numerous boards and commissions in leadership roles and is a tireless advocate against racial discrimination, inner-city violence and human trafficking.

The Maryland Black Mayors, Inc. (MBM) in partnership with the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of Maryland was awarded an Outreach and Restoration grant by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The goal of the grant was to work together to advance the capacity of MBM municipalities in addressing stormwater runoff.  Getting the MOST for Maryland Black Mayors has been a pilot project which provides in-depth training to a small cohort of MBM member communities on establishing community-based stormwater management programs. Six municipalities completed the training and have developed a stormwater plan for their respective towns.

 

The Maryland Black Mayors, Inc. (MBM) in partnership with the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of Maryland was awarded an Outreach and Restoration grant by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The goal of the grant was to work together to advance the capacity of MBM municipalities in addressing stormwater runoff.  Getting the MOST for Maryland Black Mayors has been a pilot project which provides in-depth training to a small cohort of MBM member communities on establishing community-based stormwater management programs. Six municipalities completed the training and have developed a stormwater plan for their respective towns.

 

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